For months, Hardy and Norton had been jointly top of the bets with most bookmakers.
But now, after Barbara Broccoli said she was finally available to cast a black 007, the chances of Elba were cut.
With Betfair, he is the new favorite 2/1, bypassing both Hardy and Norton as punters rush to put the money for his date.
The last two are now in 3/1, with Sam Heughan still a hanger behind 7/2 in the wake of his work in Outlander and The Spy Who Dumped Me.
Cillian Murphy is in 5/1, with Jack Huston for the price of 7/1, Aidan Turner on 8/1 and This Is Us star Justin Hartley on 9/1.
Tom Hiddleston, the former favorite, is now a relative longshot on 11/1.
Yesterday director Antoine Fuqua claimed that Broccoli had told him "it's time" for the list of James Bond to be diversified.
Antoine told the Daily Star: "Idris could do it if he was fit.
" You need a guy with a physical caress presence. Idris there is. "
Craig's replacement should not be announced for a long time yet ̵
That as yet yet The film begins filming at the end of 2018 , with the goal of going out at the end of 2019.
Craig had insinuated when he confirmed his involvement last year that the twenty-fifth film of the long-running series would be his last.
Speaking on American TV after speculating that he would not even make another film, he clarified: "I always wanted [return] I needed a break.
"I just want to go out with a high note, and I can not wait."
The other castings for Bond 25 are not yet clear, but Mark Strong is held in line for a role.
James Bond 25 will be published at the end of 2019.